Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
5.1 Overall Requirements
5.1.1 General Location, Layout and Construction of the Facility
220.127.116.11: Use of Basements and Below Grade Areas
Finished basements or areas that are partially below grade may be used for children who independently ambulate and who are two years of age or older, if the space is in compliance with applicable building and fire codes. Environmental health factors may be reviewed with county or city public health departments.
RATIONALEBasement and partially below grade areas can be quite habitable and should be usable as long as building, fire safety (1), and environmental quality is satisfactory.
COMMENTSTo “independently ambulate” means that children are able to walk from place to place with or without the use of assistive devices.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS18.104.22.168 Buildings of Wood Frame Construction
22.214.171.124 Space Required per Child
126.96.36.199 Floor Space Beneath Low Ceiling Heights
188.8.131.52 Alternate Exits and Emergency Shelter
184.108.40.206 Evacuation of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Children with Disabilities
220.127.116.11 Ensuring Access to Fresh Air Indoors
18.104.22.168 Levels of Illumination
22.214.171.124 Radon Concentrations
126.96.36.199 Carbon Monoxide Detectors
188.8.131.52 Preventing Exposure to Asbestos or Other Friable Materials
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 2009. NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. 2009 ed. Quincy, MA: NFPA.